In the last few years Arbor has managed to reinvent themselves by signing some solid riders, developing their System technology, and producing decks with graphics other than wood top sheets. It’s this new image that has allowed them to start making some amazing park decks. The Blacklist new for 2012 is one of those decks. This is the board hopes and dreams are solidified on. After two days of stunt sticking here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Arbor Blacklist
Camber Option: The Park System Rocker. Center reverse camber with added grip by not blending a tri-radial sidecut.
Bindings: Rome 390 Bosses
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Sunny bluebird spring conditions that start with firm snow in the morning and soft slush in the afternoon.
Preconceived Notions: The first time I saw this board it stood out to me as being something new in Arbors line up and that I should ride it.
Flex: Slightly softer tips with a bit more stiffness between the bindings making it one of those solid twin park flexes.
Stability: I never once had an issue when charging through the spring mashed potato snow or the crazy ruts at the bottom of all the park jumps.
Ollies/Pop: Great snap off jumps, rollers, and lips. I’d say the Westmark has more snap but over all this deck still pops how you would want a park deck to.
Butterability: The slight blunted shape coupled with the slightly softer flex really lets you get down with playing around on the snow.
Cruising: The Griptech holds on edge better than some other companies sidecuts that utilize pronounced bumps. It’s location right under foot lets you ride like you’re on a skateboard. Railing hard turns isn’t an issue and leaving trenches in your path of destruction is do able.
Jibbing: The sweet spot on this board is massive. You can lock into a press with no issues at all. The softer flex gives you enough room to play around as much as you want.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that’s going from jumps to jibs and still playing around on the rest of the mountain. Great for a person with a bigger hoof as it’s a mid-wide.
Personal Thoughts: Hands down this is the best board I have ridden to date. In the Arbor line up I’ve found a new personal favorite that now tops my list of all time top 10 decks. From the first run it was like riding a board I’d been on for days. I could press, jump, play around, and still not feel like the board wasn’t enough to take elsewhere on the mountain.
What They Say: Powerful versatility in a mid-wide rocker package; the Blacklist is ideal for a park driven approach to any mountain or manmade terrain; bank on big return and the durability and control needed for technical tricks, big landings, and risky ventures…
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